Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

• Visit London’s eclectic markets – for London’s coolest try Spitalfields on Sunday, for foodie heaven get to Borough Market, and for boho cool spend your money at the diverse Portobello Market in Notting Hill on a Saturday.
• Enjoy the culinary delights of London’s unbelievably diverse restaurant scene or otherwise improve your gastronomy knowledge with a Celia Brooks food tour.
• Slim down your wallet at London’s heavenly department stores, including the edgy Harvey Nichols (equipped with the alluring Fifth Floor Bar), the grand Harrods or the enthralling Selfridges.
• Spoil yourself with a West End crawl, starting with Dorchester’s afternoon tea, shopping at Mayfair’s glamorous boutiques, before cocktails and early dinner in Fitzrovia, a West End show, then drinks late into the night in Soho (and don’t forget your A-Z directory).
• In the summer months, pack a picnic and beers and rest your feet on a blanket at one of London’s popular parks.

what we think

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” claimed Samuel Johnson, and we couldn’t agree more. At zero degrees longitude, bestriding the Greenwich Meridian, London has always considered itself the epicentre of the world. With more than 7 million people hailing from every corner of the globe, London is a heaving metropolis and a genuine global village - a city of unique boroughs, each as distinct as the colours of the Monopoly board: affluent Chelsea, bohemian Notting Hill, gentrified and eccentric East End. This is where the Queen reigns and where trends in music, fashion, food and the arts are created. It is next to impossible for any other world city to compete with the English capital for energy, passion and pace. London is a city that never sleeps and where dreams are born.